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‘Sarcastic’ Alex – Whiteout Premiere, September 2009

Alex O’Loughlin – ‘Russell Haden’ in Whiteout

with Rebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies

at the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros Pictures’ Whiteout.

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Question: So your character is described as kind of rowdy, kind of a smartass. How easy is it to play that?

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Alex: Well it’s not much of a stretch. But that’s a part of who he is. Essentially he’s … He has a lot of front, this guy, and he uses it to keep people at arm’s length because he has … his M.O. is something else.

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Question: So he has a good back story?

Alex: Yeah.

Question: And he’s a pilot. So did you do any pilot training?

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Alex: [Sarcastic] Yeah, I got my pilot’s license and I bought a Cessna. And I actually flew into this premiere tonight. It changed my life.

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Question: And you get to ad-lib, I heard. So did you change things around a lot?

Alex: Yeah, we ad-libbed a bit. I mean, the script was pretty tight. But everybody was open to … you know, we had the writers on set and Greg [Rucka] was very open to us bringing what we needed to it and knowing if something wasn’t fitting, making it our own. And every writer was different. It was good. It was great. It gives you great freedom.

Question: How easy was it to work in that climate? In the cold?

Alex: Well it’s a character in the movie and it’s where the movie’s set. So, actually, if I can be – there’s no acting required, if you know what I mean?

Question: To freeze.

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Alex: It’s great for me – yeah, to freeze and die. It actually makes my life easier when I don’t have to pretend that it’s cold and it actually is.

Question: How long would you personally last as somebody who’s up there doing this in the Antarctica?

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Alex: I don’t think the weather would be the main problem for me; I’m kind of resilient. I think the mental, the isolation – you’re geographically so isolated that I’d probably would go crazy.

Question: And Moonlight, were you guys just ahead of the craze too much right? The writer’s strike maybe?

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Alex: It’s like we jumped the gun and then got disqualified.

Question: Any chance you guys will bring it back?

Alex: No. Well, I don’t know. Where’s Joel [Silver]? Ask him. It’s his show.

Question: Would you do it if they said “Hey Alex, we’ve got this”?

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Alex: I’m already on a new show now.

Question: I know. I drama, right?

Alex: You could do a head cast and put it on another actor, though. But then there’s the talent question.

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We uploaded this bit with Alex: here on our FB.

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Alex O’ and the Fish Hook Necklace

Over the past few years we have seen Alex wear a Fish hook necklace‘ on a number of occasions and we thought we should take a closer look …..

Of course every symbol and gift also have specific significance for each individual person wearing it. It depends on where they got it, who maybe gave it to them and the occasion with its memory and reason behind it. Even if we therefore know the general symbolism of it, we will never really know the story behind it for Alex, unless he someday shares it himself.

(We apologize for the quality of the pictures, but it is because they are all candid photos posted by fans)

The Single Fish Hook:

We first saw Alex wearing the single Fish hook during September/October 2012.

 The Double Fish Hook:

These two pictures above were taken during hiatus (June) 2012

The first picture was taken in November 2012 and the second one in December 2012.

The last time I can remember seeing him with it and only “official” occasion, we ever saw the double Fish hook, was at the I Heart the Ocean fundraiser on  9 February 2013.

I have been searching to find any similar double hooks and maybe a specific symbolism behind it, but thus far I have not been able to find anything on it……..

 Fish Hook with Gold

On his wedding day and on the picture where Alex was signing some more ‘Taylor Blue’ nail polish bottles, we saw him wear this Fish hook. It looks like a special Fish hook, with some gold and maybe even other precious stones inlaid in it as well.

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Now that we have seen the different Fish hook necklaces Alex wore, let us have a look it what these necklaces mean in the Hawaiian culture. With the lack of any personal knowledge on it, we will share what we could find on the internet about it.

The meaning behind the Hawaiian fish hook necklace:

The deep connection and reverence the Hawaiians had for the ocean created the meaning behind the Hawaiian fish hook necklace. The ocean surrounded them, was their source of food and their means of travel. Their jewelry and ornamentation was made of shells fished from the sea. They had navigated thousands of miles on uncharted high oceans, depending on their navigation by the stars and by listening to the language of the waves.

Hawaiian makau

Known in Hawaiian as the makau, the fish hook pendant stands for everything that is good and promises its wearer prosperity, strength and good luck.

The importance of knotting

By observing the care taken by the ancient Polynesians to securely lash the fish hooks, we start to understand the meaning behind the Hawaiian fish hook necklace. In the ancient culture, a knot was deemed a sacred binding between man and the gods. In the importance they paid to knotting and cording, the Hawaiians were similar to other ancient cultures. The Incans for example used knots to store information.

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The Meaning of the Hawaiian Bone Fish Hook Necklace

The meaning behind the Hawaiian bone fish hook necklace came from the deep connection and reverence the Hawaiians had for the ocean.  The ocean surrounding them was their source of food and their means of travel. A bone fish hook represents strength, prosperity, abundance, and a great respect for the sea. Today, fish hooks (‘Makau’ in Hawaiian) perpetuate the Hawaiian way of life through contemporary jewelry. Ancient Hawaiians believed that a bone necklace takes on part of the spirit of those who wear it. The necklace becomes a sacred link between people, spanning time and distance. In this way, it becomes a spiritual link and should be handed down. A carving that has been worn by family members over many generations contains the spirit of all those people and is truly a great and powerful heirloom.

Who wears the ‘Lucky’ Hawaiian Bone Fish Hook Necklace?

Hawaiian tradition says that fish hooks provide good luck when fishing and safe journey when traveling. Given the relationship that Hawaiians have with the ocean, these fish hook necklaces can be found hanging around the necks of Hawaii’s very best anglers, captains and mates. The Makau, the Hawaiian bone fish hook, symbolizes the strength and determination of these fishermen. Additionally, a fish hook is often worn by travelers for safe journey. What a unique lucky charm gift for anglers or non-anglers of any gender.

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What It Means to Give a Fish Hook

The famous Manaiakalani is constructed of wood and bone, and is currently on display at the Bishop museum in Honolulu. In honor of Manaiakalani, giving a Hawaiian fish hook to someone symbolizes strength and prosperity, and is said to bring good luck for those traveling at sea. In addition, the wearer enjoys the prestige of being a great provider. It is not necessarily a romantic gift, but it is a gift given out of love.

About Fish Hook Jewelry

Authentic fish hooks are carved from bone, fossilized ivory and/or koa wood, which is prized for its strength, color and beautiful grain patterns. The legend became commerce about 15 years ago when a resurgence of the Hawaiian culture began to take form. Commercial manufacturers soon jumped on the bandwagon and began mass producing cheap knockoffs to be sold everywhere, but the real artisan work, handmade and individual, can still be found.

A Wondrous Gift

Giving a gift of a Hawaiian fish hook is highly symbolic and deeply meaningful. Specific carved designs add extra layers of meaning to the fish hook, depending on the specific cultural area where the carving is made. It is a gift rich with history and steeped in legend, a special treasure with roots in ancient lore.

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Some more information on the Maori traditions, where the symbolism of the fish hooks originated from. This specifically might solve the mystery of the “double” fish hook…..

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Koru Fish Hook Maori Bone Carving New Zealand

In Maori tradition the fish hook known as ‘Hei Matau’ represent strength, prosperity, abundance and a great respect for the ocean and marine creatures. It is said to provide protection when traveling, especially over water, so is often worn by travelers as a talisman. Hei Matau are also symbols of power and authority which are held in great reverance by the Maori tribes people of New Zealand. They were used as a practical tool for fishing and were often decorated as a sign of great respect for marine life.

There are many styles of fish hook necklaces worn by the Maori tribes from true hook designs to more ornamental styles which became treasured heirlooms for generations following.

The curved koru shape also included in the symbolism of this wearable artwork mimics the unfurling of a new fern frond, representing new life, new beginnings, love and harmony.

The organic flowing shapes of traditional bone necklaces feel warm against the skin with a smooth polish. Over time the bone will absorb the oils of your skin, the Maori people believe this exchange of oils is the carving receiving the essence of spirit, truly blending to become part of you.

In tribal tradition, as the carving is transferred through the generations, it continues to hold the spirit of those who came before.

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 Summary:

  • These necklace’s are often given as special gifts with symbolism and meaning. Not romantically, but out of love
  • It is a wish for strength, prosperity and to bring good luck and a safe journey to travelers.
  • It is given to the captains and such a person is seen as a great provider

As I said in the beginning the information we give, is only what we could find in general and should not be regarded as any true meaning of these necklaces for Alex specifically.

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S4 Steve speaking with his eyebrows

Another perfect part of Alex is of course his multilingual eyebrows. I especially love when they make the S-motion (check out the 406 curves 😀 ) Yummy!

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News! Alex speaking to kids for Ohana Arts Summer School

New pics popped up of Alex. He seems to have visited a summer school, held at Hongwanji Mission School, speaking of his profession.

Ohana Arts Summer Festival and School invites students completing grades 1-12 to join the growing number of talented youth this summer to study with world-class faculty and guest artists from around the country in music, dance, and drama. Students from schools island-wide will gather at the Hongwanji Mission School and Pacific Buddhist Academy to grow together as young artists in a supportive and motivating atmosphere. link

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great big “Mahalo” to Alex O’loughlin for visiting HMS and the Ohana Arts program to share his mana’o with the students. And thanks to Scott Caan for his impromptu phone in. Credit: hmsdolphinsnow from IG

 

Ohana Arts staff with Alex O'Loughlin! #h50 #ohanaarts #ohanaarts2014

Ohana Arts staff with Alex O’Loughlin! #h50 #ohanaarts #ohanaarts2014

Terry from H50Undercover asked what Alex talked about: Hongwanji Mission School : He spoke about acting as a profession and his experiences. He answered questions from the students and offered some sage advice regarding being true to oneself and treating others as you want to be treated.

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“Thank you, Alex O’Loughlin for coming and speaking to us today!” #h50 #ohanaarts #ohanaarts2014 Credit: ohanaarts on IG

Alex O'Loughlin came to talk to our class today! #ohanaarts #myschooliscoolerthanyours #hawaii50 #hi50 Credit:  @kikiana808 on IG

Alex O’Loughlin came to talk to our class today! #ohanaarts #myschooliscoolerthanyours #hawaii50 #hi50
Credit: @kikiana808 on IG

And then the cherry on top, from twitter @aidanjames

With Uncle Alex O, thanks for coming to talk to my summer program. Hope we can hang this summer again ".

With Uncle Alex O, thanks for coming to talk to my summer program. Hope we can hang this summer again “.

Update:

If any of you were wondering who Aiden James is: Link to his bio

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii,  Aidan James had a calling for the entertainment world. With his classic “hapa-haole” looks, he modeled for print campaigns, acted in TV shows and commercials since he was a baby. He picked up music naturally at the age of 2 and started taking ukulele lessons at 4 years old at the Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios in Honolulu.  

Aidan opened up the Keiki Stage at the 2010 Kokua Festival and has shared stages with Jack Johnson, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, Mick Fleetwood, and toured with international Hoku award winners  HAPA,  He’s played in front of thousands at the Season Premieres for “Hawaii Five-0” and was on episode, “Koolauloa.”   Aidan’s been showcased on major news affiliates, various charity and private events, ukulele and jazz festivals, Japanese Radio, NPR , and in a special layout for Italy’s Elle Magazine. 

Here Aiden is singing on a Season 1 episode of Hawaii Five-0 : Link

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Ripped t for our pleasure

Looks like they first shot Alex in bed and then  {{bada bing, bada boom}} ripped his t-shirt and a few moments (hours?) later continued shooting outdoors. He seems happier in that one “after” pic 😉

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Photoshoot by Rodolfo Martinez

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